Course descriptions index


Developmental Studies


DEVS F052 Reading Enhancement

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Intensive instruction in reading designed to increase vocabulary and comprehension skills necessary for successful reading in the content areas of college courses. (3+0)


DEVS F058 Reading Skills

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Course emphasis is on improving reading comprehension using texts and other materials. Focus is on paragraph structure to recognize main idea, supporting details and author's purpose. Study techniques for recognizing new vocabulary. Small groups allow individually designed course of instruction to meet the needs of the students. Open entry/open exit. May be repeated. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Placement or permission of instructor. (1 - 3+0)


DEVS F065 Spelling Improvement

1 Credit     Offered As Demand Warrants

A diagnostic/prescriptive approach for improving spelling skills. (1+0)


DEVS F066 Vocabulary Development

1 Credit     Offered As Demand Warrants

Designed to increase vocabulary substantially and to provide tools for further vocabulary growth. (1+0)


DEVS F100 Introduction to Science

4 Credits

Introduction to skills needed to succeed in core science courses. Topics include scientific terminology, scientific mathematical notation, and the fundamentals of chemistry, physics and biology. Includes basic scientific lab techniques and the skills needed to learn scientific material. Prerequisites: Elementary algebra and college reading level. (3+3)


DEVS F101 Skills for College and Career Success

3 Credits

A diverse menu of study skills for the student entering the college environment. Skills include active listening, effective reading, taking usable notes, test taking, communication, time and money management. Students learn personal development skills that assist in addressing intrusive issues that impact the learning process, increasing self-esteem, and relating these skills to the classroom and later to a career. Class sessions offer diverse learning experiences. (3+0)


DEVS F102 Introduction to Distance Education

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

A diverse menu of study skills for the student entering the distant learning college environment. Skills include: active listening, effective reading, taking usable notes, test preparation and test taking strategies, communication, and the use of technology as a study resource - all in the distance learning context. Additionally, personal development elements such as time management, working with university representatives, and accessing local resources will provide skills to maximize the learning experience and address the intrusive issues that impact the learning process. (1 - 3+0)


DEVS F104 University Communications

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduces the unique methods of communication required at the college level. May link with selected lecture courses. May be repeated. (1 - 3+0)


DEVS F105 Intensive Reading Development

3 Credits

Develops vocabulary, reading strategies, speed and comprehension needed to read, understand and retain information in college textbooks and the skills to write in essay form, about material read. Prerequisites: Placement or permission of instructor. (3+0)


DEVS F106 Speed Reading

1 Credit

Introduction to newest speed reading techniques. Development of flexible reading rates and increased comprehension and vocabulary skills. Application of techniques to study, professional and leisure reading. (1+0)


DEVS F107 Reader-Writer Workshop

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

A reader-writer workshop to develop fluency in reading and writing skills for persons whose first language is not English. Intensive speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. Prerequisites: Placement by examination or student decision. (3+0)


DEVS F108 Study Skills Lab

1 Credit     Offered As Demand Warrants

Improvement of study skills in areas of greatest need on an individual or small group basis in the lab or other workshop or individualized format. Topics include time and stress management, listening/note taking, library research and memory. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies. (1+0)


DEVS F110 College Success Skills

1 Credit

An introduction and overview of the diverse skills, strategies and resources available to ensure success in the college experience. Topics include study skills, time management, career planning, stress management, communication skills, test taking and personal development skills. Graded Pass/Fail. (1+0)


DEVS F150 Life Work Planning

1 Credit

Planning for a satisfying career choice based on realistic assessment of self, accurate knowledge of the world of work and experience with ways to activate career plans. Enables students to evaluate potential careers and to make educational and job search plans. Graded Pass/Fail. (1+0)


DEVS F160 The Resume: Key to Success

1 Credit

Use the resume writing process to develop job seeking skills: locating the hidden market; researching job potential; learning to fill out effective applications; designing and printing a custom resume; assembling a portfolio; and developing effective interview skills. Recommended: DEVS F150. (1+0)


DEVS F185 Straight Thinking

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

A study of inductive, deductive and seductive thinking, and skill building to recognize and use all three. Critical thinking skills to analyze newspaper, magazine and spoken arguments. Political speeches and other media presentations examined. Effective and convincing presentation of one's own ideas including formal and informal logic. (3+0)


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